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Whirling Dervishes at Hodjapasha

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Fatih, Turkey
Whirling Dervishes at Hodjapasha

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Overview

Uncover the sacred practice of the mystical Sufis at an authentic Mevlevi Sema Ceremony held at Istanbul’s Hodjapasha, and witness the 800-year-old tradition that has been preserved on UNESCO’s list of Intangible Heritage of Humanity. Be mesmerized by the bizarre yet beautiful sight of the Whirling Dervishes as they perform their unique spiritual rituals during an hour-long show, including a live orchestra and 360-video projections.
  • A 1-hour Whirling Dervishes at Hodjapasha in Istanbul
  • Immerse in Turkish culture
  • Watch a mesmerizing performance
  • Explore the Whirling Dervishes’ museum
  • Learn about the history of Whirling Dervishes
  • Listen to a live Turkish orchestra
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Hodjapasha , Hoca Paşa Mahallesi Ankara Caddesi, Hoca Paşa, Hocapaşa Hamamı Sk. No:3 D:B, 34110 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey

Across Sirkeci Tram stop in Ankara Street

7:00 PM
This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 7 years
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 70 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Hodjapasha Cultural Centre
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Whirling Dervishes at Hodjapasha?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Whirling Dervishes at Hodjapasha.
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What is the policy on sanitization during Whirling Dervishes at Hodjapasha?
A:The policy on sanitization is:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
See all safety measures taken by Whirling Dervishes at Hodjapasha.
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What is the social distancing policy during Whirling Dervishes at Hodjapasha?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Whirling Dervishes at Hodjapasha.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Whirling Dervishes at Hodjapasha?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Whirling Dervishes at Hodjapasha.

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  • "I am an avid photographer and what I didn't realize is that photography or videography of any kind is prohibited as this is a religious ceremony." See review

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115 Reviews

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star-5
Peaceful
Fatma_A
, Oct 2021
The show was very spiritual for me. though I did not understand the praise sung, the music was peaceful and the whirling dervishes were moving with such grace it was almost hypnotic and relaxing. One particular dervish , the eldest of the group with a white beard had his eyes closed and was smiling all the time in complete peace. I was watching him all the time and wished I could reach such a state of mind. If you go with someone, make sure you go with like minded people, someone who appreciates the serenity and peace. You could hear a pin drop in the hall because the audience was so silent. Oh and no photography allowed. 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻
star-5
Amazing so enjoyable
pharrismagri
, Oct 2021
The Authenticity of the evening that made it for us . I would recommend this show when visiting Istanbul
star-5
My wife and I used Viator...
Robert_J
, Sep 2021
My wife and I used Viator for 3 different tours. Everything was seamless. The Bosporus cruise was the highlight. A shoutout to Sinan he was awesome.
star-4
Interesting
Liss_S
, Aug 2021
Interesting show. The men who perform are talented. I would have liked a better explanation of the belief and how it relates to Islam as a whole. Worth a viewing.
star-4
Charming
Heather_V
, Jun 2021
This is a wonderful cultural experience. A video screen translates Q’ran verses. If you have been traveling and book within same 24 hours of arrival, you might fall asleep. It is somber music and the dervishes can put you in a sleepy trance.
star-5
Maddi dünyaya dönüş
SSR
, Oct 2020
Short and sweet with a quick introduction. Informative with an intimate setting. From God we receive, to humanity we give’.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Divine!!
Tom
, Aug 2020
Unbelievable, truly spiritual experience. Seeing peace snd love on the dervishes faces during their whirl you realize it is not just a performance.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great.
ramramsey
, Dec 2019
It was very interesting and educational. It was worth it. The place was organized and professional..
star-5
Mesmerizing ritual
Barryfisherfromthebu
, Dec 2019
This is the real deal. The performance is a religious ritual not just an entertaining show. The museum is great and the explanations of the prayers during the performance is helpful.
star-1
Skip it!
tripdude541
, Nov 2019
Very disappointing. Slow moving, not fully coordinated, and Boring!! As I glanced around, most people were falling to sleep. Completely lacks any energy, I was expecting really high speeds and it wasn’t. I recognize the religious and historical significance but it is not an entertaining stage show.

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